How To Alleviate Common Pregnancy Complaints (Without Medication)

There are many unpleasant side effects that occur during pregnancy or are aggravated by being pregnant. Constipation, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, morning sickness, heartburn and indigestion, are normal and common ailments that have over the counter remdemies that are safe for pregnancy, but many woman would prefer for a more natural approach. Many ailments can be lessened or alleviated completely by reliving stress, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, being active, and drinking enough water. If you are suffering from a cold, …

Meet Sara Krisfalusi! Birth Doula

Sara’s passion for birth is obvious in speaking with her or reading about her life.  She began her doula career in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and has continued to be involved in birth work throughout her move to the DC metro area.  She has tremendous experience in all different kinds of birth settings and has volunteered her time to provide birth support for teen mothers and other women in need.    Read on to learn more Sara journey in the birth world, …

Free Printable Birth Affirmations

The mind is a powerful thing!  Sometimes when we are fearful and anxious, repeating a calming and relaxing mantra can help work through the feelings and keep your mind (and body!) present.  Affirmations also can give a sense of control as well as remind you that you are strong and capable!  Mantras and affirmations are also essential for helping a birthing family navigate unexpected challenges. Enjoy our free, printable affirmations here…

Meet Avele! Birth Doula

While I know for certain all of the birth doulas with Balanced Birth Support are amazing, I have to admit that I am a bit biased about Avele.  She was my doula for my second birth and she is incredibly thoughtful, caring, non-judgemental, and incredibly compassionate.  Also, she must be a fast and/or crazy driver because she was able to get from Northern Virginia to GW hospital in less than 30 minutes during rush hour making it in time to …

Meet Alicia! Birth & Postpartum Doula

At Balanced Birth Support, we are honored to work with such a talented, caring, and supportive group of birth & postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and placenta specialists. Every single one of the members of Balanced Birth Support bring a unique life experience to the amazing and wondrous work that they do to support expectant families. In the first installment of a series dedicated to profiling members of Balanced Birth Support, I have spoken with Alicia Bennett, a birth …

Typical Newborn Screenings and Procedures: What, How, When

Whether you give birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home, there are many different newborn screenings, shots, and other procedures that will be offered to you or at least discussed with your care providers sometime prior to giving birth. Some tests are used to determine how well your baby is adjusting to the world outside your womb or screen for potential health problems; others are preventative against immediate or future health problems.  Depending on where you live, some …

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Natural Ways To Beat Cold & Flu Symptoms While Pregnant

It seems that most of the country is in the midst of a very active cold and flu season. Having a cold, flu, or a stomach bug while pregnant can be very debilitating and even for non-pregnant women there are very few remedies to help ease the symptoms. Generally, while these illness can make you feel miserable, they typically do not pose a threat to mom and baby. **However, if you are experiencing a high fever, prolonged or violent vomiting …

Birthing at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is a new, state-of-the art military hospital designed to provide “safe, quality, and compassionate care” to our nations active duty military, veterans, and their families. The hospital began serving patients in August of 2011 and was built with evidenced based design in mind- proving a facility designed to produce better physical and emotional outcomes for patients and their families. The hospital is also focused on research and education. In addition to OB/GYN providers, FBCH has a …

My Frank Breech Birth Story

When I first learned I was going to have a baby, I spent hours visualizing my perfect birth- calm, relaxed, and pain free (because how much could it hurt really?). I became a GW midwife patient and planned on having a completely pain medication free birth. I signed up for hynobirthing classes, practiced my meditations, and listened to relaxing music. But when I went into labor at 32 weeks and 6 days, my birth plan went entirely out the window …